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noun     colour pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] red, blue, yellow etc

    Pink is my favourite colour.

    a light brown colour

    change colour:

    Many fruits change colour as they become ripe.

    in colour:

    His hair is reddish in colour.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the quality of being red, blue, yellow etc, instead of being black and white or transparent

      Pot plants add colour to a room.

      in colour:

      Are the pictures in colour or black and white?

    2. b.
      [countable] something such as clothing or paint that is a particular colour

      Mix the colours with your paintbrush.

    3. c.
      [countable/uncountable] the colour of someone’s skin as a sign of their race

      people of all creeds and colours

    4. d.
      [uncountable] the colour of someone’s face when it shows how they are feeling

      Suddenly, the colour drained from his cheeks.

      She giggled nervously as colour flooded her face.

    5. e.
      [countable/uncountable] a chemical that you put on your hair to make it change colour

      Before you spend money on a perm or colour, talk to your hairdresser.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] interest or excitement
    add/give/bring colour to something:

    The examples chosen add colour to the writing.

    See also local colour
  3. 3


    [plural] the combination of colours used for representing a particular country, team, political party etc
    national colours:

    Australia’s national colours

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